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Birmingham, Alabama 

Mulberry Missionary Baptist Association 

v. 1. 1844 

v. 2. 1856 

v. 11. 1895 

v. 12. 1896 

v.3. 1873 

v.4. 1879 

v. 5. 1881 

v. 6. 1885 

v. 13. 1897 

v. 14. 1898 

v. 15. 1899 

v. 16. 1900 

v. 7. 1886 

v. 8. 1887 

v. 9. 1889 

v. 10. 1892 




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'esentg-firgt Pnnual ieggion 


Collin s Chapel Church, Chilton County, Ala. 

^eptembef g§ kqd ty, 1898. 



■ Moderator. . Six Mile, Ala. 

• . Jemison, Ala. 


"The next session will be held with Enon Church, 5£ miles east of 
Centerville, Bibb County, Alabama, on Wednesday after the second 
Sunday in October, 1899. 

Thos. Gilbert, Phistkh and H anufacturikg Statiooth. 


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Collins Chapel Church, > 

Chilton County, Ala., Sept. 28, 1898. J 

According to previous arrangement, the delegates from the 
various churches composing the Mulberry Baptist Association 
assembled with Collins Chapel Church, and at 11 o'clock the 
Introductory Sermon was preached by Eld. Q. W. Freeman, to 
a large and attentive congregation, and was enjoyed by the peo- 
ple very much, after which a recess was given for dinner. 

The delegates reassembled in the church house. Eld. J. M. 
Langston, the former Moderator, read Acts xv., and the people 
were led in prayer by Eld. W. C. Bledso. 

The Association was then called to order by the former Mod- 
erator, who appointed Brethren Isaac Langston and E. F. Baber 
a Reading Committee, and the churches were called, letters read, 
and the names of delegates enrolled. Names of delegates present 
as follows: 

Rehoboth Church— M. F. Lawley, D. S. Smitherman. 

Bnen Church— No delegate present. 

Macedonia Church— A.. Glasscock, Y. O. Freeman. 

Providence Church— J. A. Lowery, R. M. Honeycutt. 

Jfeu> Salem Church— John Hewett, G. W. Hill, Felix Eiland, T. G. 

CoUin* Chapel Church— W, Gore, T. J. Collins, A. Littleton, W. P. 
Murrah, D. H. Gentry. 

Ploaoant Grime Church— D. Z. Merchant, £. Z. Atchison. 

Pleasant HiU Church— W. P. Soott, Madison Hubbard. 

Center 301 Church— J. H. Martin. 

Antioch Church— J. M. Langston, G. W. Freeman, Sutton Smither- 
man, W. N. Yearger, F. M. Merchant, J. W. Wallace, M. D. Langston, 
D. Z. Woolley, W. H. Thomas. 

Mar* HiU Church— G. L. Langston, E. G. Coffer, H. Z. Barnes. 

Union Grove Church— *. H. Benson, W. L. Honeycutt, Robert Cost, 

Libert* ma Church- J. N. Williams, J. W. Littlejohn. 

Shady Groee Church— D. G. Smith, J. P. Smitherman, W. J. Jackson. 

On motion, the Association proceeded to elect a Moderator and 
Clerk by ballot. Eld. J. M. Langston was elected Moderator, and 
R. M. Honeycutt Clerk. 


On motion, the Moderator appointed as a Committee on De- Exercises for this meeting the pastor and deacons of 
Collins Chapel Church. 

A door was then opened, first, for churches; second, for cor- 
respondents. Received from 

Jtontgomety iiMMliw- EkL S. P. Bahar. 

Tu**leo**—F. M. Wood. 

Unity — 8. M. Adams. 

Sh«U*— E. R. Jackson. 

Mutt Zifcw*— W. C. Bledso, representing the State Missions. 

The Moderator appointed the following Committees, to report 
during this session : 

On Finance— D. Z. Woolley, T. G. Williams, D. Z. Merchant. 

On motion, it was agreed to elect delegates to the State and 
Southern Baptist Conventions, and a person to preach the next 
Introductory Sermon, by ballot. After some discussion, it was 
deferred until to-morrow. 

The Moderator filled the vacancies on the Standing Committees 
who were to report at this session, as follows: 

On Temperance — H. Z. Barnes, D. Z. Merchant. 
JEbme Mi$*iona — A. Glasscock, M. D. Langs ton. 
Orphan*' Heme — Henry Thomas. 

On motion, it was agreed that the next session of this body be 
held with Enon Church, three miles west of Six Mile, in Bibb 
County, Ala., on Wednesday after the second Sunday in Octo- 
ber 1899. 

Ine Committee on Ministerial Education offered their report, 
which was read, and on motion to adopt, was discussed by S. 
Smitherman, E. F. Baber, J. M. Langston and F. M. Wood. It 
was then agreed to defer the adoption of the report until 8:30 
o'clock tomorrow morning. The Association then adjourned 
until that hour. 


According to appointment the Association assembled, and 
aft r devotional exercises conducted by the Moderator, the body 
w« ^ called to order, and by the direction of the Moderator the roll 
wt s called. The Moderator then announced the following stand- 




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ing committees whose dut j it will be to report at the next 
8km of this bodj: 

Om filkmim^ BrhmtU M. D. T ■agiHm. A. flla—nnal 
Oa lfcaymaat J. J. Hie**, M . J. Pa j*e. 
On Aa* MtiiMm W. A. Mime, T. 6. Williams. 
Oto Aw MTawoai W H. Shaw, J . A. Lowery. 
Om Pk tmig m Mkt it mt R. H. Long, J. P. Gentry. 

On JEbmt J fcri ai w n D. C. Hubbard, D. Z. Merchant. 
Om AiMiluab — W. T. Nix, Monroe Merchant. 
0a Ot-pAaat ' I««i-i L. Foshee, John Hewett. 
Ok JhaMMi WW*— S. Smithennan, M. F. Lawley. 

The Association then took up the report of the Committee on 
Ministerial Education, which was then supplemented, and after 
some discussion, was adopted as follows : 

On Ministerial Education. 

Six Mile, Ala., Sept. 38, 1896. 
Your Committee on Ministerial Education beg leave to submit the fol- 
lowing : Education is a great and grand gift. We believe it to be a 
God-given light. Because where there is no education there is darkness 
and ignorance, and where education has been fostered there springs up 
light and intelligence, and ignorance and darkness gives way. Hence 
the importance of educated ministry. We believe a man must first be 
called of God to the work, and then we believe it to be his duty to do all 
he can to improve himself. If he is not able to educate himself we be- 
lieve it to be oar duty to assist him in procuring an education. Now if 
a man is called of God to preach and haa no education he will do some 
good, and if he has a primary education he can do more good, and if he 
has a finished education he can do still more good. Hence the import- 
ance of an educated ministry. Now, brethren, we are living in a fast age 
and the people are educating themselves. Foreign populations are flock- 
ing into our country and having a wonderful effect on our morals; infi 
dels, skeptics, critics and atheists are now springing up, and if we should 
fail to educate our young gifts in the ministry what will be the result? 
Our Master's cause will softer loss by our neglect. Now, brethren, let 
as awake from our sleep and do what we can to educate our young gifts 
for the ministry, The Lord said whatsoever our hands find to do, do it 
with our might. Brethren, here is something to do. May the Lord help 
as to see our duty and enable us to do it. As an Association let us do 
something for this cause. Let each church in our body send up some- 
thing each year. Do this, brethren and, the Lord will bless us. Let us 
help to support the Howard, which is our institution of learning. She 
needs our co-operation and our prayers; so let us do what we can. 

8. Smithkkmah, Ch'n. 


Supplement — In addition to the above your committee would recom- 
mend that the churches of this Association make contributions to the 
Institute Board, which in the judgment of your committee, is one of the 
most helpful agencies to our preachers who have not had the advantage 
of college training. 8. Smithkkman, Ch'n. 

The Committee on Sabbath Schools then made their report, 
and after reading, a motion to adopt it was discussed by S. M. 
Adams, W. A. Mims, and others. The report was adopted as 

On Sabbath Schools, 

Your Committee on Sunday Schools beg leave to report as follows: No 
churoh can do her duty without a Sunday School. We believe that a 
Sunday School should be controlled and directed by the church, since 
the Sunday School is for the benefit of the church, and the place where 
the young and old should work and all alike be taught the word of God. 
And your Committee would recommend that our churches look well to 
the literature to be used in our schools. We recommend to our chnrohes 
the Southern Baptist literature as being the best to use. Let each churoh 
of this Association give encouragement to the Sundaj School work. 

W. A. Mims, Chn. 

On motion, the Association adjourned one hour for refresh- 
ments, at which time dinner was served. 

After reassembling, the Committee on Temperance made their 
report which, on motion to adopt, was discussed and adopted as 

On Temperance. 

We, your Committee on Temperance, beg to submit the following: 
God's Word teaches us to be temperate in all things, and that no drunk- 
ard shall inherit the kingdom of heaven. We rejoice in the fact that the 
cause of temperance is on rising ground. Many Christians who, but a 
few years ago made and used intoxicating liquors, have seen the evil 
effect of that practice and do not now patronize the still. But we regret 
that quite a number of our people are using too muoh strong drink. 

Your Committee would challenge the friends of intoxicating beverages 
to point out one individual in all the world, made better by the use of or 
the making of whiskey. If any other article made by men had damaged 
as many souls and blighted as many homes as the manufacture and use 
of whiskey and brandy, we believe that every godly man and woman in 
all the land would be against it. 

Respectfully submitted, • Committee. 

The following resolution was then adopted: 

Resolved, That we recommend our brethren to consider well before 
easting their suffrage for a drinking oharaoter. 



The Moderator directed the election, by ballot, of delegates to 
the Conventions, and the preacher of the Introductory Sermon 
at the next meeting of this Association, which resulted as follows: 

To the Southern Baptist Convention— R. H. Long; G. W. Freeman, 

To the State Contention— Q. W. Freeman, 8. Smitherman, A. Glass- 
cock, J. P. Gentry, J. M. Langston, R. H. Long, A. L. Foshee, M. D. 
Langston, W. A. Wood. 

To Preach the next Introductory Sermon — 8. Smitherman. 

The report of the Committee on State Missions was read, and 
after discussion, was adopted as follows: 

On State Missions. 

We find the spirit of missions clearly portrayed in the Bible. Every 
Christian possesses the spirit of missions, and that spirit will live until 
the kingdoms of this world become the kingdom of our Lord and His 

State Missions are as important as any, because all missions are for the 
preaching of the gospel as a witness, and for the salvation of men and 
women. We are glad to know that it is the purpose of our State Board 
to give its energies to two phases of this work, viz. : supplying destitu- 
tion, and helping weak churches. Your Committee believes that when 
the Board enters fully upon this policy, it will receive the hearty sympa- 
thy and help of the denomination. To preach the gospel where it is not 
preached throughout our beloved State, and give the strong hand of 
sympathy and help to our weak and struggling churches, is surely a 
work that commends itself to every one who loves our Lord, and is 
anxious to see the glory of His kingdom extended. To this end, and 
with this policy in view, we heartily commend the work of our State 
Board. Committee. 

The report of the Committee on Home religion was then sub- 
mitted, and after discussion, was adopted, as follows: 

On Home Religion. 

We, your Committee on Home Religion, beg leave to submit the 
following: We believe home religion to consist of various Christian 
duties, of public and secret devotion, a straight forward walk, and a 
Godly training in our dear homes. Those who practice it at home are 
not so much embarrassed abroad. We believe it to be the duty of every 
Christian father to pray in their family, and even in their business, and 
to set such Christian examples before their children as they would have 
them follow. We recommend that they pray often. We are sorry to 
know that so few of our brethren keep up family altars in their homes. 
It makes the home sweeter, the family more pleasant, and makes the 
way easier. May the Lord speed the time when every home will become 
a house of prayer, and every heart a fit temple for the indwelling of tile 
Holy Spirit. J. W. Wallace, Ch'n. 

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The Committee on Periodicals made their report, which was 
adopted as follows : 

Report on Periodicals. 

We realise now that we are now living in the most enlightened age of 
the world's history, and that every olass of industry, every organisation 
and every soolety are striving, and we might say, are making great pro- 
gross, and each year are ascending the ladder of fame until many of 
them have almost reached the climax. What is the cause of this great 
progress? Is it not because men are keeping themselves posted by 
means of periodicals? Do not the men of the various professions of the 
world read and study their respective journals and keep posted? Why 
are agriculturists making such wonderful improvements eaeh year. It is 
because they have their periodicals, study their journals, exchange ideas, 
which is very important. Now let us notice some of our religious denomi- 
nations, take for example Methodism. Look what wonderful progress it 
has made since its origin and is today rapidly progressing. Go to the 
home of our brother Methodist and what do you find ? In almost every 
home you will find The Christian AdtocaU. They are reading their 
religious paper and are therefore interested in their religious work. But 
how is it with us as a denomination ? What are we reading and in what 
are we Interested. We dare say that The Alabama Baptist, our S f ate 
organ, cannot be found in one-tenth of the homes in this Association, 
therefore we recommend that our members subscribe for it and read and 
learn of our denomination. Children learn to read by being in the pres- 
ence of literature, and if they read corrupt literature they are apt to 
make corrupt men and women, but if they read good Baptist literature 
they will from the same principles make good Baptists. It has been said 
that s reading people soon become a thinking people, and a thinking people 
must soon become a great people; then if we give our children Baptist liter- 
ature they make Baptist readers, and Baptist readers make Baptist thinkers 
and Baptist thinkers make great Baptists; and we furthermore earnestly 
request that all Baptist Sunday Schools use the Southern Baptist Con- 
vention series as their literature, and by so doing lend a helping hand for 
the furtherance of all our denominational life. 

Respectfully submitted, 

D. Z. Woollit, Ch'n. 

The Committee's report on Orphans' Home was then read and 
adopted as follows: 

Report on Orphans' Home. 

few words should be necessary to persuade as to contribute to 

te support of the orphan children — those who have no home 

where they may tnd food and raiment and shelter. Suppose it was 

mf child or yew child, left without a father or mother qualified to take 

care of it. We would be happy to know that it had a home 


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hands and loving hearts would care for it and train it np in the way it 
should go. This is done at the Bantu* Orphans' Home, located at Ever- 
ereen, Conecuh county, on the railroad about half way between Montgom- 
ery and Mobile. It has been in operation for a few years, and many orphans 
have found in it a comfortable and happy home. Your committee has not 
the figures at hand to give detailed information, further than to say that 
last week there were 55 orphan boys and girls there. Most of themhad 
become member, of the Baptist Church. All who are old enough attend 
the State School, which is Tery near the Orphans. The children have 
the most careful training by Mrs. Ansley, an intelligent Baptist lady, and 
such assistant as are needed. Rev. J. W. Stewart is general manager, 
under a Board of Trustees. The institution is supported by the contri- 
butions of our people. Regular gifts are necessary to meet the demand. 
"Pure religion and undented before God and the Fattier » this: To 
visit the fatherless and the widow in their affliction, and to keep himself 
unspotted from the world." 

Money or provisions should be sent to Rev. J. W. Stewart, Evergreen, 
aj W. H. Thomas, Ch'n. 

It was agreed, and the Clerk was ordered to have 600 copies of 
these minutes printed and deliver them to the churches, and that 
be receive $10 for his services. 

The Committee on Finance made the following report, which 

was received: 

On Finance. 

Received from the churches for M ^^ i8Sioi i-;;;;;;;;;;;;;;:;; $ 1 S 

Home Missions. |'j[ 

Foreign Missions J J» 

Orphans' Home J £T 

Institute Work - " w 

* 55 44 

D. Z. WoouiY, Ch'n. 






Respectfully submitted, 

IbMlM* That this Aswciatkm tender their thanks to Collins Chapel 
<3£rch2d community** their kindness and the generous manner m 
which they provided for our comfort while with them. 

The Association, having finished the business of its session, 
adjourned to meet with Enon Church, Bibb county, Ala., on 
Wednesday after the second Sunday in October, 1899. 

J. M. LANGSTON, Moderator, 

Six Mile, Ala. 

R. M. 

Honbycctt, Clerk, 

Jemison, Ala. 




Tteaaxft Meeting of the Fbwfc Tjfetriek will be held with Km Hill 
Chorea on Friday and Saturday before the fink Sunday in AueaaVim 
Inftraduetory Senaon areaehed by J. H. Thoeaaa; 8, Saritheneaa, 

scnjujcrrs KMfc sncnuos. 

First— Dee* the Bible toaee that Christiaae are staadfeat aad 
able la Christ* wmnK eoauaaaded to be i toa d laiit , D*aeu a i i ie d by M. 
D, Langston and F. >L L&ngston. 

Seeoed— If we are Mwi by gram why then are lb* wicked lost M 
grew &mm to alt Discussed by Jasper ©entry and Moses Payne. 

Third— What is the greatest hindrance to Cturietianity at the pi s eat 
day? Dtaeuesed by & £ Waldrupe and EH* Seett 


The nrxt a*eetiug «* *** Seeo»d .District will be bald with P>rorideaee 
€hureh on Friday and Saturday before toe third Sunday in Jury, IWu, 
Introductory Sennon by J. 5L Thoassa; U B. Pounds, 

First— 1» it in aeeord with Qodw word for preachers to ba in polities 
or to bold a public office? D uwuMad by J. T. Martin, R> H. Long, S 
Saait henaan and others. 

Sacoad— Should . jx preachers do anything V e t d a s preeeh ton gospel 
according to the Bible* Discussed by W. A. Mh a e, W. H. Coaway» S. 
M. A deem and others. 

Third— Can a child of God through the negfeet of duty ba finally lost* 
Dheu n m d ay It M. Honeycutt J. P. CUiefiijj, J. B. Chaaipioo and 

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J. M. LANG6TON Six Mile, Ala. 


S. D. POSEY .Randolph, Ala. 

G. W. FREEMAN Trio, Ala. 

J. P. GENTRY Jemison, Ala. 

J. M. GOTHARD Jemison, Ala. 

R. M. HONEYCUTT Jemison, Ala. 

J. E. CHAMPION.. ..Clear Creek, Ala. 

D. A. SEALE Montevallo, Ala. 

R. H.LONG Brierfield, Ala. 

A. L. POSHEE Clanton, Ala. 

JOHN HEWETT... Clanton, Ala. 

Licensed Ministers. 

J. J. LOWERY Clear Creek, Ala. 

A. GLASSCOCK Randolph, Ala. 

D. Z. MERCHANT Randolph, Ala.